Changes to the District Prompt Layoffs
One reason for the mass layoff is the many changes the Detroit school system will face in the upcoming school year. A new system, the Educational Achievement Authority, has been put in place to deal with schools that are consistently unable to perform at state standards. Under this system, 15 Detroit schools are slated to switch districts for the next school year, removing those schools from the Detroit Public School system. All of those schools were classified as low-performing, according to state standards. This change involves approximately 12,000 students, who will be leaving DPS for the Educational Achievement Authority system.